1,500 collectible signs and memorabilia items up for auction in Kissimmee

(December 29, 2015) On Jan. 15 Mecum Auctions will commence its Road Art sale in Kissimmee, Fla., with roughly 1,500 pieces on offer through Jan. 24. It will prove to be one of the largest automobilia and petroliana sales of the year, anywhere.

Major, well-known collectors will be presenting their collections of signs, neons, pumps and oilers for sale, many for the first time in decades, most original and in near-mint to mint condition.

Massive, original signs that once hung outside dealerships promoting in vivid neon various brands such as Packard, Lincoln, Ford, Chevrolet, Willys and so many more will be presented for sale along with a multitude of porcelain signs promoting an ocean of products ranging from the oil and manufacturing to the food industries, to mention a few. Offered in conjunction with a lineup of 3,000 classic and collector vehicles constituting the largest collector-car auction in the world, the Kissimmee sale at Osceola Heritage Park is a must-attend for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

A fascinating opportunity will be the chance to view and bid on the Kim and Mary Kokles Collection on Jan. 24. Requiring about 40 years to build, the 400-plus items in the Kokles Collection include stunningly rare signs, globes, cans and much more, from popular, well-known pieces to elements unseen by the majority of the people in the hobby, all in mint or near-mint condition. Fascinatingly inimitable, this is a once-in-a-lifetime collection with several pieces expected to sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

The Kokles Collection goes far beyond amazing, and the Kissimmee auction presents a unique opportunity to not only see it, but also to acquire pieces of it.

Kissimmee will also provide the chance to acquire a right-hand and left-hand, single-sided neon porcelain Mobil Pegasus set in fantastic condition. Measuring 9-foot by 6-foot each, the neon on both glows with exceptional brilliancy and the animation operates flawlessly with the porcelain on each impeccably well kept.

Innumerable other items will be on hand during the multi-day sale including clocks and neons, signs and standalone point-of-purchase pieces, tire industry pieces, food service pieces and much more. Corvette aficionados will be interested in the offerings presented Jan. 16 — a number of promotional models and various pieces of artwork, and a collection of Bloomington Gold license plates among other great pieces that will cross the block.

Meanwhile, save Jan. 22 and 23 as neon days — a host of neons from Buick Lubricare to an animated spark plug, various dealership signs to a swarm of oil company signs, all in fantastic condition, will hit the auction block.

Of particular interest might be a 145-inch tall original Pontiac dealership sign. Double-sided porcelain complemented with fantastic neon, the vertical element features the Pontiac letters in neon ending at a horizontal ledge emblazoned with the signature Chieftain Indianhead logo in red neon centered in blue neon stripes.

The Mecum Kissimmee collector-car and Road Art auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $30 per day or $180 for all 10 days; children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. Bidder registration includes admission for two and is $100 when completed in advance online, or $200 on-site at the auction.

Portions of the auction will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network with a stream of the entire event presented on Mecum’s website.